Ensure Penang government is graft-free, BN

 |Aug 31, 2016
Teng wants the DAP-led Penang government to ensure its CAT governance was not infested by graft scandals.
Teng wants the DAP-led Penang government to ensure its CAT governance was not infested by graft scandals.

Penang Barisan Nasional chairman Teng Chang Yeow said the DAP-led state government should inquire and constantly monitor its so-called “competent system” to ensure that its administration was corruption-free government.

Teng said DAP, which championed competency, accountability and transparency (CAT) governance, should probe into its system even if it does not want to hold an inquiry on the party Sungai Pinang assemblyman Lim Siew Khim, whose father was allegedly involved in a housing graft scandal.

Teng said the internal probe was imperative to make sure incident such as the ‘Keat Seong housing graft scandal’ does not recur under the DAP-dominated state government in future.

Siew Khim’s father Keat Seong had been under the spotlight after a video clip surfaced on social media showing him purportedly involved in a dispute over the payment of an alleged bribe to facilitate low-cost housing allocations in Penang.

“If DAP does not want to inquire its assemblyman (Siew Khim) then it should inquire its system whether such incident is occurring or not.

“They should prove to the people that their system is free from bribery and graft,” Teng told Malaysia Outlook.

Chow - Penang government will not probe Sungai Pinang rep Lim Siew Khim in the housing graft scandal.
Chow – Penang government will not probe Sungai Pinang rep Lim Siew Khim in the housing graft scandal.

Earlier today, Penang DAP chairman Chow Kon Yeow said the party would not conduct an internal inquiry on Siew Khim over the bribery scandal involving her father.

Chow said there was “no need to probe Lim as she had nothing to do with the allegation”, without deliberating on whether party had at least check with Siew Khim over the scandal.

“The party will not carry out any investigation into the allegation and it is imperative for victims to come forward to lodge police reports.

“The incident did not involve Siew Khim but linked to her father.

“No one should disrupt the ongoing investigations by the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC),” said state Local Government, Traffic Management and Flood Mitigation Executive Councillor Chow.

The housing graft scandal exposed by Gerakan allegedly involving Sungai Pinang assemblyman Lim Siew Khim has rocked the DAP-helmed Penang government.
The housing graft scandal exposed by Gerakan allegedly involving Sungai Pinang assemblyman Lim Siew Khim has rocked the DAP-helmed Penang government.

Meanwhile, a ‘victim’ of the housing graft scandal, who has been on the waiting list for nearly 10 years, said that he was referred to an agent to cut queue to secure an affordable house.

The Star reported that Leo Tan paid RM10,000 the agent to secure a unit when they met in Komtar in 2014.

After a few months, Tan received a call from the agent to say that his approval was granted and he needed to pay another RM20,000 to finalise the matter.

Tan refuse to pay up as he realised he had been duped.

“I am in my 40s and never owned a home.

“I applied for a RM200,000-unit in George Town and has been in the waiting list for so long even though I am eligible.

“Until today I am in the waiting list to own a home,” said Tan, adding that he had referred the matter to state Town and Country Planning, and Housing Executive Councillor Jagdeep Singh Deo.

There are 35,229 applicants on the waiting list for affordable homes in Penang … Video